- (of a name, noun, or adjective) designating a particular person or thing and written in English with an initial capital letter, as Joan, Chicago, Monday, American.
- having the force or function of a proper name: a proper adjective.
- excellent; capital; fine.
- good-looking or handsome.
Origin of proper
Examples from the Web for proper
We need to recover and grow the idea that the proper answer to bad speech is more and better speech.
He could deliver a quick, effective speech, or hold a proper press conference.
But those incidents are due to mistakes and leaks, not proper fracking procedures.
A portrait of him was done once in which the collar point was made to sit in its proper place.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Proper use could lead to weight loss and reduction in gastric reflux.
We find, then, that even for this remaining division of human activities, scientific culture is the proper preparation.Essays on Education and Kindred Subjects|Herbert Spencer
I was told that the bones were not replaced but that sticks were inserted to maintain the fingers in proper shape.
Above all things, integrity is their portion and proper virtue.
When the first sale is made, the name and address are entered on one of these cards, and the date indicated in the proper column.
The proper word, however, was auctio, and the auctioneer was called auctor.Dealings With The Dead|A Sexton of the Old School
British Dictionary definitions for proper
Word Origin for proper
Word Origin and History for proper
c.1300, "adapted to some purpose, fit, apt; commendable, excellent" (sometimes ironic), from Old French propre "own, particular; exact, neat, fitting, appropriate" (11c.), from Latin proprius "one's own, particular to itself," from pro privo "for the individual, in particular," from ablative of privus "one's own, individual" (see private (adj.)) + pro "for" (see pro-). Related: Properly.
From early 14c. as "belonging or pertaining to oneself; individual; intrinsic;" from mid-14c. as "pertaining to a person or thing in particular, special, specific; distinctive, characteristic;" also "what is by the rules, correct, appropriate, acceptable." From early 15c. as "separate, distinct; itself." Meaning "socially appropriate, decent, respectable" is first recorded 1704. Proper name "name belonging to or relating to the person or thing in question," is from late 13c., a sense also preserved in astronomical proper motion (c.1300). Proper noun is from c.1500.